OREM Talk about an up-and-down ride recently for the Utah Flash.
After taking two wins early last week in the NBA Development League Showcase in Boise, they dropped road games 96-84 and 94-90, respectively, to the Dakota Wizards and Sioux Falls Skyforce over the weekend.
"We're still learning to play on the road," Flash general manager David Fredman said. "I think it had more to do with that than anything else. We have to have better execution, keep our turnovers down."
Flash coach Brad Jones also admitted that since guard Morris Almond was recalled by the Utah Jazz, the Flash may have been missing the consistent scoring that he provided.
"He's a settling factor because he scores so much, and I think there were times on the road, if we had him to make some shots, it probably would have leveled things off a little," Jones said. "But we can't control that."
The Flash bounced back at home Monday night, as guard Andre Ingram shot 13-16 for a season-high 33 points, and the Flash shot 57.3 percent from the floor in pounding the Anaheim Arsenal 108-92.
Ingram talked about the demeanor of the team after his big game: "It was all encouragement. Guys are really genuinely happy to see one of their teammates do well. That's a great thing about this team. A lot of teams aren't like that. With a lot teams, you have selfish individuals. That isn't this team."
For the second straight week, the Flash will play four games in a stretch of six days, including three games in four days.
"It can be challenging," Fredman said. "I think we're developing a little more depth, and we can play back-to-backs or multiple games in short periods of time, as long as guys can keep their minutes in check."
The Flash play one more game at home on Friday at 7 p.m., when they host Sioux Falls at 7 p.m. at the McKay Center at the campus of UVSC in Orem.
After that, they embark on a six-game road trip, their longest stretch on the road this season.
They play consecutive games at the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Sunday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Then, they will play the Bakersfield Jam on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
They finish their road trip over the following week with games against the Austin Toros, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Colorado 14ers.
"It's six road games against good teams," Jones said. "Los Angeles and Austin are the two of the best teams in the league, and Colorado is one of the best teams also. Rio Grande is really good too. We've got to learn to win on the road."